Saturday, August 30, 2014


Front door view... clouds rolling over the mountains

Even though the last week and a half has been physically difficult for me, there have still been these amazing nuggets of beauty.

1.  rainy days... I can't say it enough, rainy days in the desert are a whole new level of gorgeous

2.  friends that keep asking how I've been feeling, even though some of them are going through hard situations of their own... beautiful souls who shine Christ's love

3.  driving with my husband through mountain forests... exploring majestic locations Andrew hasn't seen since childhood

4.  date night; classic dinner and a movie

5.  laying in bed with Andrew, holding hands as we fall asleep

6.  saturday mornings, complete with strolling the community festival, sipping local coffee, and consuming giant cinnamon rolls (glad to have my stomach functioning in a closer-to-normal way again!)

7.  struggles that keep surfacing, but always coming back to the certainty that I can trust an unknown future to a known God

(adj.) describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted -- the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired.

Life might be crazy and hard, but it is also unbelievably beautiful.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

lacey days

Gray Lace-Striped Blouse ~ Meijer
Blue Maxi Skirt ~ Macy's
Silver Sandals ~ Walmart
Heart Locket ~ Gift
White Beaded Bracelet ~ Gift (antique shop)
Floral Owl Earrings ~ Walmart

I love lace.  Hehe, I don't know what else to say.  The story starts and ends there.  It is brilliant, feminine, and enchanting.
The End.

Okay, so more about this outfit (especially since lace takes up only a very small portion of it).  My shirt was a Meijer find before moving away (I MISS MEIJER!).  I don't wear stripes very often, but I loved the soft gray fabric of this shirt, along with the delicate fabric making the stripes.  It is incredibly comfortable and *bonus!* modest enough on it's own that I don't have to layer it unless I want too!  :-D

 I've had these shoes for years now... and I forgot about them until I found them in a random bin while unpacking!  One amazing thing about moving is you get to rediscover all of your stuff, whether it be clothes, books, or decorations!  It is so much fun!

My earrings were a Walmart find.  They are so happy and I just love the pretty detailing! 

I found this skirt at Macy's about two-ish years ago on sale for about $5 (score!).  It doesn't fit me *perfectly* but it definitely works in a pinch and I do love that it is long enough (some skirts hit me at that "awkward length" because of my height).  I don't wear it terribly often, but after seeing how this outfit turned out, that might be changing.

Lastly, I will mention my bracelet.  Ohhhh... special memories.  Back in Indiana, there is a small antique shop near where my family lives.  Every so often I would find wonderful treasures there (or my family would find them for me!).  This bracelet was a birthday gift from my Mum back before Andrew and I were married.  <3

 Hmmm... details about hair and makeup???  Well, I blew-dried my hair.  Yeah... that's it.  
Ummm... Makeup was my usual: small use of concealer, soft layer of powder foundation, light blush (perhaps bronzer on occassion), neutral eyeshadow (creamy pink, brown, and tan... purple if I'm feeling grand!), subtle eyeliner (sometimes... and either black or dark blue), black mascara, and chapstick (every so often topped with lipgloss the same tone as my natural lips).  Simple, soft, and pretty natural.

Thank you to those who have been praying about my kidney infection.  Some other things came up that have made my recovery rather sluggish.  I haven't left the house (or much left the couch) for a week now.  Continued prayers for my body to get back to normal would be so appreciated.  My energy is coming back... mostly mentally though and my body is rebelling against my mind.  It is a battle of my brain going "Hey... I think I'm feeling a bit better!" and my body replying "Haha, let's throw another stomach upset into the mix!".  My prescription meds are almost gone, so hopefully this is nearly over.

Well, peppermint tea is calling my name...  Blessings, friends!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

doctors and needles and pills

Disclaimer:  I do NOT! look like this right now... :-P
Oh my!
Today I find myself on prescription medication and collapsed on a couch eating saltines and Italian ice.  Yesterday seems like it happened years ago.
Let me back up a little bit.
Life can seems very overwhelming sometimes.  These nearly two-and-a-half years of marriage, Andrew and I have gone through quite the list of bumps in our road.
And it was very recently that Andrew prayed for the Lord to please give us a reprieve... not to make our lives perfect, just for a time where things aren't so constantly complicated.
In response, God is teaching us again that His plans aren't our plans and that we need to continue to trust Him always.
Yesterday morning (around 4am) I woke up to a terrible pain in my abdomen.  I thought it was an intestinal issue (something that is quite common for me) and treated it as such... but as the day went on nothing changed, except to get progressively worse.  The pain was so great it was causing me to experience strong nausea (and yes, vomiting).  After Andrew got home from work it was bad enough to walk (and by that I mean "shuffle, bent over in pain, trying valiantly not to cry") to the car and visit the local InstaCare (besides just the amount of pain, it was also very strong in one area on my right side, so we were worried it might be appendicitis).
After some prodding and a lot of talking (which is hard to do when all you want is for someone to knock you out!), the conclusion is that I'm suffering from a kidney infection.  They gave me a shot in my side (not fun!) for the pain and I am now on two different medications (one to fight the infection and another for nausea).
Not the "break" we had been hoping for.
But God is bigger than all of this.  He is bigger than financial burdens, health issues, or crushed hopes. 
Right now a little jingle I learned as a small child is coming to my mind:
"My God is so great
So strong
And so mighty
There's nothing my God cannot do.
The mountains are His
The rivers are His
The stars are His handiwork too.
My God is so great
So strong
And so mighty
There's nothing my God cannot do."
Such simple words, yet they perfectly embody the faith I need to have in God every moment... whether I'm standing in a beautiful summer rain or lying on a hospital bed.
If you would, please pray that my recovery goes well.  Andrew is home with me and is taking such good care of me (and also making sure I'm eating and staying hydrated).  Pray that he wouldn't get too stir-crazy... he's already cleaned the kitchen, started some laundry, and is now pacing around the house.  ;-)  Pray that the pain for me would stay at a minimum and that the meds would do their work.
Thank you so much!!!